As Finland freezes DDoS attack paralyses heating systems

For a period between the end of October and November 3 2016 the heating and hot water systems in two buildings in the city of Lappeenranta, Finland were knocked out by a distributed denial of service attack designed to make the systems fail. The systems responded by repeatedly rebooting the main control circuit, which meant that the heating was never working - at a time when temperatures had already dropped below freezing. Specialists in building maintenance noted that companies often skimp on security when installing building automation and that maintenance staff are not trained in handling network attacks on the systems they manage.

https://metropolitan.fi/entry/ddos-attack-halts-heating-in-finland-amidst-winter

Writer: Janita
Publication: Metropolitan.fi